Instructor Biographical Information

Jay Hutcherson

Camp Director - Samuel J. (Jay) Hutcherson

Jay Hutcherson received his Bachelor's of Music Education at the University of Georgia in 1983 and acquired a Master's of Business Administration in 2006 from the University of Phoenix.. Mr. Hutcherson is a retired band director who has taught for thirty-two years. He began his career at Northside School of the Performing Arts High School where his bands received superior ratings. He then taught for twenty-five years with Fulton County Schools where held positions with Russell and Tri-Cities high schools, Ridgeview and Taylor Road middle schools and several elementary schools. He has taken all three levels of bands to 5th District Performance Evaluations and has received superior ratings. Mr. Hutcherson currently teaches at Holy Redeemer Catholic School and owns a private music lessons studio - The Music Hutch Studio in Johns Creek where lessons are offered in voice, piano, guitar, string, wind and percussion instruments. He has also played Trumpet for the past forty-three years.

In 2006, Mr. Hutcherson founded and directed the first ever Fulton County Elementary Honor Band. 5th grade students from over thirty elementary schools auditioned for this band each year. The Honor Band performed at the GMEA Fifth District Performance Evaluation and received superior ratings for all four years of it's existence. In the band's final year, it placed 1st runner up as the nation's best 5th grade band in a national band contest.

Mr. Hutcherson founded the Vivace! Summer Band Camp in 2008. The first-year camp was for fifth and sixth graders and had sixty campers in attendance. The camp has grown to include fifth through eighth graders and 2016 will be our ninth annual camp!

Sandy WadeCamp Assistant Director, Woodwind Choir Director & Clarinet Specialist - Sandra Wade

Sandy Wade received her Bachelor of Music Education from the University of Georgia in 1991.  She then furthered her education by completing a Master of Music Performance, with an emphasis in clarinet performance, from Michigan State University in 1993.  An active performer, she plays regularly with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, the Johns Creek Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a substitute musician with the Atlanta Opera Orchestra, Atlanta Ballet Orchestra, Greenville Symphony, Charleston Symphony, and Macon Symphony.  Some notable performers that Ms. Wade has accompanied include Ray Charles, Liza Minelli, Aretha Franklin, Nancy Wilson, Carly Simon, Kathy Mattea, Crystal Gayle, Don McLean, and Hall & Oates.  Ms. Wade taught elementary band in Fulton County for 12 years and is currently teaching elementary band in Atlanta Public Schools.

 

 

 

 

Frank FoldsBand Conductor - Frank Folds

Frank Folds is Director of Bands at Alton C. Crews Middle School in Gwinnett County where he has served since the school opened in 1997.  He has also served as band director in Baldwin, Jeff Davis, Camden and Clayton Counties as well as Five Forks Middle School in Gwinnett County.  Mr. Folds was named Teacher of the Year in 1992-93 for Camden County and Teacher of the Year for Alton C. Crews Middle School in 2008-2009.  He is an active member of Georgia Music Educators Association having served as District Eight Chairman, Junior High and Middle School All-State Organizing Chairman, GMEA All-State Vice-president, GMEA Performance Evaluation Vice-president, State Chairman of the Band Division and hosted and organized Performance Evaluations and All-State auditions.  He is currently completing a two year term as President of GMEA. He has also served as both clinician and adjudicator around Georgia, South Carolina, and Alabama including serving as a clinician at the University of Georgia Middle School Festival on four occasions.

 
Mr. Folds has worked on the staff of the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp, Encore Music Camp and Upbeat Music Camp.  His bands have consistently received Superior ratings at Georgia Performance Evaluations and have been invited to perform at Walt Disney World on nine occasions and the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference once.  In 2005 the Crews 8th Grade Band was the featured band in a performance of music by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Michael Colgrass as part of the Music Education Leadership Institute at the Rialto Center for Performing Arts in Atlanta.  The 8th Grade Band has also performed at University of Georgia Middle School Festival in 2007 and 2011. 


Mr. Folds is a member of Tara Winds Adult Band and serves as treasurer of the Tara Winds Scholarship Foundation.  He also serves as Chairman of the Phi Beta Mu Georgia Band Masters Hall of Fame. Mr. Folds has twice been honored with inclusion in both Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in American Education and is a two time recipient of the National Band Association Citation of Excellence


A native of Forest Park, GA, Frank holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education degree, a Master of Music Education degree and an Educational Specialist degree in Music Education from the University of Georgia.  He and his wife Cheri reside in Lawrenceville with their four children, Elliott, 20, Ansley, 16, and twins, Emily and Abby, 14.  Mr. Folds is a member of W. R. Cannon United Methodist Church, The National Association for Music Education, Georgia Music Educators Association, National Band Association, Professional Association of Georgia Educators, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, and Phi Beta Mu International Band Masters Fraternity.

 

Nicole ChamberlainFlute Specialist - Nicole Chamberlain

Nicole Chamberlain (b. 1977) is a composer and flutist living in Atlanta, GA. In 2010, Nicole won "Audience Favorite" at the Atlanta Opera's first 24-Hour Opera Project for her opera "Scrub-A-Dub Raw" which resulted in the the Atlanta Opera's first ever commission of the children's opera, "Rabbit Tales", which received over 50 performances and kicked started her career as a composer. Nicole has also been commissioned by groups such as the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Oklahoma Flute Society, Atlanta Flute Club, Flute Choir of Atlanta, Cuatro Puntos, Dahlia Flute Duo, Clibber the Jones Ensemble, and Hopewell Middle School Symphonic Band among others. She has had works performed at the 2013, 2015, and 2016 National Flute Association Conventions. She also won the 2013 Areon Flutes International Composition Competition, 2nd place and honorable mentions in the 2014 and 2016 Flute New Music Consortium Composition Competitions, and 1st place in the 2015 The Flute View's Composition Competition. Nicole received her Bachelors in Music Composition from University of Georgia where she studied with Dr. William Davis, Dr. Leonard Ball, Dr. Lewis Nielson and Dr. Roger Vogel and was selected for masterclasses with Charles Wuorinen and Joan Tower.

Nicole, as a flutist, she has appeared with such groups as Georgia Symphony Orchestra, LaGrange Symphony, Gwinnett Ballet, duoATL, Mercury Season, Terminus Ensemble, Chamber Cartel, Perimeter Flutes, neoPhonia, Capitol City Opera, and Orchestra Atlanta. Nicole has participated in Masterclasses with Bradly Garner, Paul Edmund-Davies and Dr.Gordon Cole. Nicole's former flute teachers have included Donna Orbavich (Hong Kong Symphony), Lisa Wienhold (Alabama Symphony), Dr. Ronald Waln (University of Georgia) and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra's principal flutist, Christina Smith. Currently, she is in demand as a clinician for extended flute techniques. Her workshop "Beatboxing to a Better Bach" has been given at the Atlanta Flute Fair, Oklahoma Flute Fair, University of Wyoming, and Kansas State University for flutists, but has also given classes to composition students on the same subject at University of Georgia and Georgia State University.

Currently she balances her time composing, teaching students, performing, and avoiding graphic design work as much as possible. Nicole lives in Doraville with her husband, guitarist and composer Brian Chamberlain. For more information visit her web site: www.nikkinotes.com

 

 

 

 

 

Double Reed Specialist (Oboe and Bassoon)- Rachel Landers

Rachel holds a Masters in Music Education from the University of Georgia, where she was a First Honor Graduate.  At UGA, she was recognized as a GMEA Collegiate Scholar, GMTA Outstanding Performer, and a Phi Beta Mu Outstanding Music Educator.  She is a member of Mensa, Delta Epsilon Iota, and the Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society.  

Currently, Rachel keeps a private studio of 30 oboe/bassoon students from several counties across northern Georgia. Her students have been selected for GMEA District Honor Band and All-State groups over the past 10 years. She is the English Horn player/Oboist in both the Atlanta Wind Symphony and the Northwinds Symphonic Band, and she occasionally performs with the University of North Georgia Symphony Winds and the Georgia Philharmonic.

In 2015, Rachel founded the Forsyth Philharmonic, a community symphony orchestra for adult and student musicians in northern Georgia.  She co-directs the group with her pianist husband, Jason and performs next to her violinist son, Seth.

 

 

 

 

Jazz Band Conductor and Saxophone Specialist - Jeff Crompton Jeff Crompton

Jeff Crompton is an Atlanta native; he started playing saxophone at the age of 12 in the Fulton County school system.  He has a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Georgia and a Master of Music degree from Georgia State University.  Jeff taught band in Fulton County schools for 29 years, and is currently teaching private lessons and playing free-lance engagements in the Atlanta area.  He is an experienced performer in styles as varied as R & B with Eddie Floyd, William Bell, The Manhattans and The Platters to avant-garde jazz with pianist/composer Michael J. Smith.  He currently plays with the jazz quintet Standard Deviation, the 4th Ward Afro-Klezmer Orchestra, and his own quartet.

 

 

 

 

Annelise McCurleyFrench Horn Specialist - Annelise McCurley

Annelise McCurley graduated from Georgia State University in 2009 with a Bachelor's degree in Music Education. She has studied French horn with Julie Spencer, Jay Hanselman, Tom Witte, Mike Wells, and Kathy Wood. She is an active performer in the community, playing at churches and other venues. Most recently she performed in a production of Titanic: A New Musical as well as a soloist with the Georgia State University Men's Choir. Annelise has attended several workshops and clinics including the 2006 Transatlantic Horn Quartet Summer Camp and the 2011 and 2012 Conn Selmer Institutes. She currently teaches at the East Cobb Music & Arts and is a clinician at local schools.

 

 

 

 

Trumpet Specialist and Music Composition Instructor- Young Kim

Young Keun Kim is currently the Director of Orchestras at Johns Creek High School in Johns Creek, Georgia. He is a graduate of Georgia State University where he received Bachelor of Music degree (B.M.) and the Master of Music Education degree (M.M.Ed.). For the past twenty nine years, he has taught and directed orchestras at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. 

Mr. Kim has taken two different high school orchestras to the prestigious Midwest Clinic-An International Band and Orchestra Conference in Chicago - the Centennial High School Orchestra (2005) and Johns Creek High School Orchestra (2012). His groups were also invited to perform at the 58th Biennial Music Educators National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee (2002); and have five times performed at the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference in Savannah, Georgia (2000, 2005, 2009, 2011, 2015). Young Kim's groups also traveled and performed internationally--participating in four European concert tours (2001, 2005, 2009, 2014). The performances include cities of Austria (Salzburg, Vienna, Eisenstadt), Germany (Munich), Italy (Rome, Perugia, Florence, Assisi, Cremona, Padua, Venice), Hungary (Budapest), and Czech Republic (Prague). His orchestras also performed numerous times at the Symphony Hall and at the Georgia Governor's Mansion. For the past twenty nine years, his groups have earned consecutive SUPERIOR ratings at the GMEA District V Orchestra Large-Group Performance Evaluation.

Young Kim has also been active in the Korean-American community in Atlanta Area. He has founded the Korean-American Youth Center Orchestra/KAYCO (청소년 센타 오케스트라) in 1994 and has conducted this orchestra for four years. The members of the KAYCO included some of the top middle, high school, and college student musicians in the Atlanta area. This group was invited to perform in various important functions including the performance at the Woodruff Park during the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympic Games. Young Kim has also directed the Korean-American Chamber Orchestra. The members included concertmaster and principal string players of the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra (ASYO) and college students of Georgia State University.

Young Kim is an active clinician, guest conductor, and adjudicator throughout Georgia and Southeast. He has served as the GMEA District V Orchestra Chair, organizing chairman for the District V Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation, and organizing chairman for the Fulton County High School Honor Orchestra. Young Kim has also served as the National High School Honor Orchestra (NHSHO) Representative/Chair for Georgia. He currently serves as the certified Head Adjudicator for the GMEA Orchestra Large Group Performance Evaluation.

His current professional affiliation includes National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Georgia Music Educators Association (GMEA), American String Teachers Association (ASTA), and Kappa Delta Pi, an International Honor Society in Education. Young Kim is listed in the 2006-2007 editions of National Register's Who's Who in Executives and Professionals.

Young Kim has been a member of the prestigious Georgia Governor's Honors Program (GHP) faculty for four summers (1998, 1999, 2000, and 2003). In addition to guest conducting All-State and Honor Orchestras throughout Georgia and Southeast, he has also conducted many summer music camps such as the American String Teachers Association (ASTA) music camp and the University of Georgia Summer Music Camp in Athens, Georgia, and the conductor of the Interlochen Summer Music Arts Camp in Interlochen, MI.

In 2006, Young Kim was selected as the "2006 Georgia Music Educator of the Year" by the Georgia Music Educators Association. He is listed in the 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005, 2006 editions of the "Who's Who Among America 's Teachers." He was also selected and recognized as the "Expert Teacher Cadre-7" in the Fulton County Schools system in 1997 and participated in its leadership program. Young Kim was named the "S.T.A.R. Teacherof Johns Creek High School in 2010 and "Teacher of the Year" at Johns Creek High School in 2011. Young Kim was again named "S.T.A.R. Teacher" for 2012.

In addition to being the Director of Orchestras at Johns Creek High School, he also teaches the AP Music Theory class. 

 

Low Brass Specialist - Matt Koperniak

Matt Koperniak is Director of Bands at Riverwatch Middle School in Suwanee, Georgia, serving over 620 students in the band program. Under his direction since 2008, the Riverwatch Symphonic Band has been a featured performer at the National Concert Festival, National Band Association/CBDNA Southern Division Conference, GMEA In-Service Conference, Southeastern US Band Clinic, University of Alabama Honor Band, and on National Public Radio’s “Strike up the Band.” The Riverwatch Band Program is the 2016 recipient of the National Program of Excellence Blue Ribbon Award, presented by the National Band Association. Previously, the Riverwatch Band Program received the GMEA Exemplary Program Award in 2015 and 2010.

Dr. Koperniak serves the Georgia Music Educators Association as State Band Chair-Elect (2017-2019). As a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, he serves as National Executive Committeeman-at- Large (2015-2021) and Chair of the Commission on Standards (2015-2018). He is a graduate of Boston University and the University of Georgia, where he served as Band Captain and Drum Major of the UGA Redcoat Band. Dr. Koperniak was the 2012 Teacher of the Year for Riverwatch Middle School. He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Mu International Bandmasters Fraternity in 2014.

 

 

Percussion Specialist - Jack Jones

Jack Jones has been performing and teaching music for nearly 20 years, and in that time he’s received a wide array of instruction and performance experience. He has a B.M. in Music Education from the University of LA at Monroe, and is well versed in classical music theory, orchestral percussion and marching band percussion. He also began sitting in in his father’s bands from the age of 10, and was playing professional jazz, blues, and rock gigs in the Monroe area as a teenager. He considers his learning on the stage his most valuable education.

In Atlanta, Jack has worked with many of the most respected local talent in many different musical situations, such as The Mike Veal Band, The Breeze Kings, Andrew Black, and jazz pianist Kevin Bales. He also has toured the U.S. and Japan extensively with jamband luminary, Col. Bruce Hampton, Sonia Leigh, and Texas blues legend Chris Duarte. He’s jammed with Zac Brown, and in educational settings, he’s shared the stage with jazz legends Mike Stern and Paquito D'rivera. Jack also performed extensively with the Monroe Symphony Orchestra as an orchestral percussionist.  

He is currently finishing up degree work for a Masters degree in Jazz Studies from Georgia State University, and working full time playing drums in Atlanta. Jack has also been an instructor at the Atlanta Institute of Music since 2005, where he teaches both privately and in the classroom setting. He also teaches private lessons at The Music Hutch Studio.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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